As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it - whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, he is trash
—  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 1960
Harper Lee Set to Publish Sequel to 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Generally known as a recluse, Harper Lee will finally publish the second book in her career, titled, Go Set a Watchman on July 14. A sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, it will follow the story of an adult Scout returning from New York to visit her father, the lawyer Atticus Finch. Although Lee wrote the book in the mid 1950s and was advised by an editor to set it aside, it will now be read by her beloved fans. She says: 

“I thought it a pretty decent effort. I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years.”

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“You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don’t you let ‘em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change.”

Here’s an author who has staunchly refused interviews and publicity since 1960, who hasn’t breathed a word about her interest in publishing another book to either family or friends, but who is suddenly fine with releasing her decades-old Mockingbird prequel, despite the fact that it doesn’t sound like anyone at her publisher has actually been in touch with her about it?

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I’d heard some rumblings about the possibly exploitative nature of the publishing To Kill A Mockingbird sequel, announced yesterday. I’m glad to see that suspicion has made its way into some media.

24 Books You Should Read Before You Turn 24

In no particular order, we have compiled the most exciting, intelligent and interesting books, you should read before turning twenty-four. Touching base on the most important classics, such as Goethe’s Faust and the most frightening book in English literature, Orwell’s 1984 and contemporary classics, such as Murakami’s Norwegian Wood, we have grazed every corner of literature. Enter Charles Darwin, the incomparable Gatsby, Scout Finch, The Dalai Lama and Sigmund Freud in our list to educate you on manners of the heart, intellect and life. 

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Inspired by Harper Lee, Other Literary Sequels

Paul Laudiero imagines other sequels set for publication in 2015:

“The Greater Gatsby”

After Gatsby’s death, Nick Carraway is pretty bent out of shape. In an effort to cope, he starts wearing Gatsby’s old clothes. Then he starts talking like him. Soon, he starts introducing himself as Jay Gatsby and throwing lots of dope-ass parties. He ends up getting shot in the head for calling someone’s girlfriend “basic.” But the party is still pretty good.

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